Bri Borgman (Holland/West Ottawa) scored three goals and Kara Lovelace (East Kentwood) added two more scores as the Ferris State University women's soccer team won its first match of the 2009 season with an impressive 6-1 decision over Ashland this Friday (Sept. 18) evening in a Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) outing at Community Stadium in Ashland, Ohio.
Ferris State improves to 1-4-1 overall and 1-1-0 in the conference with the victory.
Borgman, a sophomore midfielder, tallied the first of her three first-half goals at 19:09 into the contest. Borgman scored unassisted after dribbling through the Eagles' defense and striking the ball from eight yards out into the bottom right corner of the Ashland net. She would score again in the 37th minute of play with her third goal of the season as a result of taking a centering pass from junior midfielder Christy Palmer (DeWitt) in the middle of the box and scoring into the bottom left side of the Eagles' goal.
The Bulldogs held the 2-0 lead for just over a minute before Borgman struck again as she netted her fourth on the year off a rebound in front of the AU goal. Freshman midfielder Meredith Wetterholt (Brighton) assisted on the score for her first collegiate point. Ashland was able to get one back from the Bulldogs late in the first half on an unassisted Kim Barry breakaway goal to get within 3-1 at the half.
Ferris State continued its offensive onslaught in the second half with three more scores. Junior midfielder Kara Lovelace netted her first two goals of this season at 50:56 and 69:18, respectively. Lovelace tapped the first one in off a rebound shot by senior forward Megan McCabe (Brighton/Pinckney) right in front of the host's goal. The second one for Lovelace would occur via sophomore defender Mekyla Spraggins' (Grand Rapids/Forest Hills Central) cross into the box which Loveland promptly deposited into the upper left corner to give FSU a 5-1 lead.
FSU capped the evening in the 83rd minute as redshirt freshman forward Cassie Aro (Gaines/Linden) tallied her first college goal on another Christy Palmer assist. Palmer's pass put Aro in a prime spot to score and she would capitalize on the opportunity with a low shot to the bottom right corner of the net.
Senior goalkeeper Stevie Salow (Saginaw/Heritage) went the distance for FSU in earning the victory and concluded the night with four saves. Krista Herbst started for Ashland and was saddled with the loss as she gave up five goals and picked up six saves. Liz Patrick came in to spell Herbst and notched one save in just over 17 minutes of playing time.
Ferris State held a 23-16 shot advantage for the contest with an 11-8 lead in the opening half and a 12-8 margin in the final 45 minutes.
The Bulldogs return home this Sunday (Sept. 20) to host the Northern Michigan Wildcats in a 12 p.m. (EDT) GLIAC encounter at the FSU Varsity Soccer Field in Big Rapids, Mich. The match represents the beginning of a three-match conference homestand for Ferris State.